Some Gary residents were frustrated with not having enough services and businesses in Miller, Aetna and Gary's East Side.
So they decided to do something about it.
The congregation of Beyond 4 Walls Christian Center in Gary raised money to finance the new Harvest Square Strip Mall. It's expected to create 80 jobs and will include a pizzeria, a bakery, a laundromat and at least one restaurant.
The groundbreaking will take place at 10:25 a.m. Sunday and will feature an outdoor service in cars in the parking lot led by Pastor Maurice White Jr.
Congressman Frank Mrvan and the mayors of Hobart and Lake Station are expected to be in attendance.
The church that worships in a former hardware store strives to practice Jesus Christ's teachers, such as by distributing 200 boxes of food every Tuesday, Deacon Barbara Leek said.
"We wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to get some services they weren't already getting," she said. "We've been looking to do some things for the community. I don't know if Gary even has a bakery anymore.
Construction is expected to take three and a half months.